“The Centre has drawn up a health plan in which 40% of the fund has to come from states. But why should the state spend on another programme when it already has its own?”
Andhra Pradesh’s Chandrababu Naidu is the wealthiest chief minister, while Maharashtra’s Devendra Fadnavis has the highest number of criminal cases against him.
In conversation with political scientist Ranabir Sammadar on the strategies deployed by Banerjee to enhance TMC’s electoral base, her big victory in the bypolls, and the reasons for BJP’s sudden popularity.
The BJP loses Alwar, Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and one assembly seat in the Rajasthan; comes a distant second to TMC in one Lok Sabha and one assembly seat in West Bengal.
In the fevered imagination of the Sangh parivar, West Bengal is low-hanging ripe fruit ready for the plucking.
Both Yechury and Karat agreed that defeating the BJP was the party’s primary political objective. The differences centred around how to achieve that objective – and at the heart of that dispute is the CPI-M’s relationship with the Congress.
Notwithstanding hopes in certain quarters, it is difficult to fathom what the mammoth and distressing exercise will deliver.
‘Jan Gan Man Ki Baat’ Episode 180: SC Judges’ Press Conference And Challenges Before The Indian Judiciary
Vinod Dua discusses the historic press conference by four rebel Supreme Court judges and the challenges before the Indian judiciary.
‘Dark Day for Democracy’: Radio Silence from BJP over SC Row, Cong Calls for Probe into Loya’s Death
Political parties reacted cautiously to the concerns raised by four SC judges over judicial interference and ‘selective assignments’.
Vinod Dua discusses the case of Indian journalists stealing silver cutlery during an official dinner in London and the latest available data on the ambitious smart cities project.
NE Dispatch: Tripura Party to Forge Alliance With BJP; Protests in Assam Over Bengal CM’s NRC Remark
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
The first of its kind in Bengal, the TMC’s new and controversial strategy aims to counter the BJP’s increasing influence in Birbhum district.
In an interview with Karan Thapar, the Trinamool Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha talks about the Congress party, Mamata Banerjee and his book ‘Inside Parliament’.
While the global investor’s summit has helped to catapult Modi to the top job in India, it has done precious little to create jobs in his home state.
Banerjee is in Mumbai since Tuesday and expected to return to Kolkata on Friday, met top industrialists and bankers on Wednesday as part of a roadshow.
Arguing that the state’s petition violates the federal structure, the court said the chief minister could file the petition as an individual.
The West Bengal chief minister is protesting the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.
When it comes to social media posts critical of government, parties across state lines are clamping down on free speech.
The Union home ministry had ordered ten of the 15 Central Armed Police Forces companies deployed in the hills to pull out despite the situation remaining volatile.
West Bengal has resisted the central government’s decision to withdraw troops from Darjeeling and has declined to be a part of Modi’s project on promoting cultural diversity.
Communal tension has resulted in the defiling of religious places, attacks by Hindus and Muslims, and the destruction of and damage to properties.
Roy, whose relationship with the leadership has been strained of late, said he would give an explanation on why he was leaving the party.
Banerjee’s government restricted idol immersions to 10 pm on September 30, the day of Vijaya Dashami, and banned it completely the next day – which is Muharram.
Has communal hatred seeped into the Bengali-speaking middle class psyche?
This year’s controversy around West Bengal police’s order about idol immersion after Durga puja, on Muharram, was uncalled for, because the state has, through decades, celebrated different festivals at the same time.
The West Bengal chief minister blamed the Centre for threatening the opposition and hampering the country’s economy by introducing demonetisation and alleged that education was being saffronised in the country.
“The feeling of patriotism cannot be forced down someone. It is a sentiment that is already there in all Indians.”
News of the unrest seems to have moved off the front pages of national newspapers, but the crisis, far from retreating, has in fact deepened.
A well-implemented regulation will ensure that patient care improves, while also creating safeguards that don’t let private establishments put all the onus of error on a doctor.
Exploring the history and causes of the Gorkhaland agitation through illustrations.
A look at the ongoing struggle for separate statehood in Kalimpong.
Mamata’s policies, since she became chief minister in 2011, have challenged and redefined the century old hegemony of bhadralok politics, and reshaped Bengal’s identity.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has refused to engage in talks with the state government, saying they will talk only to the Centre.
It is important for the Muslims in Bengal to understand that they are part of an India where an aggressive Hindu majoritarian politics is in ascendance.
However, instead of patronising multiple social clusters, which is the bedrock of TMC’s strategy, the BJP is trying to consolidate support on religious lines – its agenda elsewhere in the country too.
The situation in Baduria, North 24 Parganas district is described by the police as ‘tense but under control’.
Vivek Singh documents the ongoing unrest in Darjeeling over the demand of a separate state and removal of Bengali as a compulsory language from schools.
Rather than deploying more forces to curb the ongoing crisis in Darjeeling, the state government should initiate dialogue with the protesting parties to find a middle ground.
Though the Centre had first agreed to send four paramilitary companies to Darjeeling, the delay was apparently issued after a meeting with their ally, the GJM.
The West Bengal government, in a memorandum issued on Sunday, made clear that no leave will be granted till the strike is withdrawn.